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Please agree to organ donation πŸ‘

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Monday 7th to Sunday 13th September

Organ Donation Week.

Time for some promotion! This year I did an interview for the radio station Capital North Oxfordshire and also very briefly spoke on Radio Oxford.

Share Your Wishes, a Facebook group whose name I think explains what they do! were ‘encouraging everyone to grab a cuppa with your loved ones and share your wishes about organ donation’, so of course we joined in …

It was also International PBC Day on Sunday.

I spent some of my day enjoying the warm sunshine and pottering in my garden. Nothing different there then, as we’ve had such lovely weather that’s usually where I can be found πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

Looks like I need to find myself a car now for all my succulents!

Cancelled

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Friday 28th August to Sunday 6th September

Going to work and back pain – the two don’t go together very well πŸ˜–

Bank Holiday Weekend was a bit of a letdown this year πŸ˜–

I was hoping to have been at The Big Feastival like in previous years.

It’s on Alex James’ farm in a village very close to us. It’s a real treat to go there. But of course Covid-19 stopped it for this year.

“The highlight of the summer is having you join us on the farm but the safety of everyone always has to come first. I will miss your smiling faces in the Cheese Hub and in front of the Main Stage. My heart goes out from my family to yours. Stay safe, keep well and I can’t wait to see you in 2021. Let’s make it a bumper one!” Alex James

Both Robyn and Leah went away for a couple of days and got to breathe some sea air, they kindly left some little snack treats for me, of course I haven’t eaten them yet!

And then it became September.

It started with a couple of lovely sunsets πŸŒ…

And the hanging basket I made is still looking well πŸŒΈπŸ‘

Have a look at this.

“So very grateful to our 14 year old daughter who has created daily chalk art for the last 95 days to entertain her little brother, who’s in each drawing. He’s travelled the world all from our driveway. This art gives us something good to look forward to every day.”

Here’s just a few of her pics.

You can see all her art on Instagram @macairesmuse

PE with Joe πŸ˜

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Wednesday 19th to Thursday 27th August

About a month late (due to the lockdown ending, going back to work and mainly thanks to my painful back) but myself and Robyn were determined to do it …

we finished every session of PE with Joe πŸ˜€

We both enjoyed doing this together. It has been good for us and it helped us to get through when some of our days were tough.

So thank you Joe Wicks πŸ‘

Watch – A look back on 13 weeks of PE with Joe

Proud to be one of Joe’s Class of 2020 πŸ’ͺ

I think the following video will only really mean something to those of us that took part every day.

So now watch another version of PE with Joe πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

From the background set to the cute exercises and then his silly lean back at the end – I LOVE it 😍

What a lovely doorstep delivery treat. Mmm thanks πŸ˜‹

It feels like I haven’t had a decent evening walk across the fields for a while now. It was very enjoyable and good for my head.

Peas ☹️

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Wednesday 12th to Tuesday 18th August

Here I am in my lovely Co-op uniform and face shield! Back to work I go.

So after planting the seeds, watering them every day, falling into the container and hurting my leg, regularly tying them onto their support canes as they grew taller, trying to find out what was eating them and spraying them … this is what all my pea plants gave me, TWO tiny peas!!!

Maybe I should just stick to growing strawberries πŸ“

Look at this tiger πŸ…

Beautiful flowers πŸ’

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Friday 7th to Tuesday 11th August

A night at the drive in πŸ“½

Blimey the weather has been SO hot! β˜€οΈπŸ₯΅

I should have been busy packing and maybe now enjoying some of this hot sunshine on the beach down in Cornwall, but unfortunately the holiday all had to be cancelled ☹️

I bet this is the seagulls in Cornwall at the minute now that all the tourists have gone back!

Look at these beautiful flowers given to me by a friend.

I think they might be my new favourite flowers πŸ’

137 days

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Friday 31st July to Thursday 6th August

So at the weekend my car finally got fixed 😱

The part was fitted, the battery was taken off and got completely charged up.

And it now works!!!

Also shielding has ended.

After 137 days – FREEDOM!

During this lovely lockdown πŸ˜– I’ve had to endure a painful and swollen leg from falling into my peas! I’ve had a very painful back, there have been a few times when I’ve felt unwell (although thankfully nothing serious), I’ve spent some of the time on my own and felt rather lonely, I’ve had a broken down car for just over 3 weeks with lots of stress trying to get it fixed, and other things …

Of course there have been some good things that have happened too. I’ve been able to spend lots of time in my garden which I have really enjoyed, I’ve been on some lovely walks, and the weather has been very good to us generally.

I wonder how the rest of the year will treat us all?

There was a little trip out to visit this field of sunflowers 🌻

Remember I previously mentioned the ‘Heart at Home’ campaign, this was to thank everyone for staying home and protecting the most vulnerable.

It has now come to an end. To see all of the amazing hearts from the artists and illustrators that supported the campaign, click below.

#HeartAtHome

β€˜crack’

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Thursday 23rd to Thursday 30th July

I woke up as normal on Thursday morning, walked into the bathroom, there was a sudden and very painful ‘crack’ (but without the noise!) in my back. That’s the only way I can think to explain it. Ouch.

And that was that. As you will already know if you’ve ever had a bad back its extremely painful. I couldn’t walk about very easily, couldn’t sit down very easily, couldn’t lay down very easily, it wasn’t good ☹️

I rang the doctor the next day as I really needed some painkillers to help me. I am only allowed to take certain ones. I was given Tramadol – most of the following day was spent in bed! Seems like I can’t take these either, they kind of knocked me out! So I had to spend the rest of the weekend without any pain relief, I was a bit upset, my back was hurting A LOT πŸ˜–

On Monday I spoke to another doctor and got some different painkillers prescribed. These ones seemed to suit me better thank goodness.

Over the next few days I started to be able to walk easier, but still very painful.

I had a telephone appointment with the physio, apparently I’ve strained a facet joint. These usually enable your spine to flex during movement. As mine will now be inflamed it causes pain, soreness and stiffness.

So to help the recovery I have to try these things, I have to sit up straight, sit on a hard chair, try to not stay in the same position for too long, keep moving. And then it should eventually get better on its own, so I guess I just have to put up with it until then really 😏

Oh my goodness, the part for my car finally arrived, I’ve been waiting about 2 weeks for it to come into stock.

So I had a trip out to Cowley to pick it up. When I arrived the man there had no idea about it, it seems I had been told the wrong place! Luckily the correct place was on the same industrial estate so off I went – and I GOT THE PART!!!

I must just show you the lovely flower I have in my garden at the moment. I had it last year too but it seems to be doing so much better now πŸ‘

It’s a Black Velvet petunia 🌸

Gardening πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎ

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Saturday 18th to Wednesday 22nd July

I had a little trip out at the weekend, to the park that I sometimes visit after my volunteering duties in Oxford. I have missed both during this silly old time πŸ˜’

This little squirrel was a bit too friendly for my liking! He kept coming right up to my feet while I was trying to take his photo.

After colouring Robyn’s hair last month, apparently it was now time for me to give her a little trim. Maybe I could get into hairdressing as a new job πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ

As always, thinking of my mum on her birthday πŸŽ‚ She would have been 90 this year 😱

Here she is on the right with her brother and sister 😍

Some of my time of course was spent in the garden, one of my favourite things to do at the moment, it’s good for the head 🀯

But I don’t like this little thing which seems to be eating my peas, a pea weevil.

I’m being told to pick them off by hand but whenever I look I can’t find any others. So this one must have a very big appetite!

In some better news, I made this little tomato and red onion salad using the basil from my garden. 🀞as this is growing well at the moment.

And I made this from taking different bits from all of the succulents I have around my garden.

Isn’t this a lovely idea?

It would be good to get a nice garden seat like this to go in my garden. Trouble is I don’t very often just sit out there, I always seem to find another pot or something that needs sorting!

Have a look at some of London’s Lockdown-Inspired Street Art

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Busy lockdown

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Wednesday 1st to Friday 17th July

The 1st July already. Isn’t Mother Nature lovely!

So from the 6th July some restrictions started to ease a little for us ‘shielders’!

I’ve already been on a couple of little trips out with others, you have to consider your mental health in all of this too and weigh up the risks, but I have been careful.

And Robyn started back to work πŸ’‡β€β™€οΈ

All of this just to get your hair cut!

Robyn was a very busy girl during her lockdown.

Have a look at her video πŸ‘€

One photo of something that made me smile from each day of lockdown …

This is just one of her β€˜painting by numbers’ pictures that she did.

Isn’t it great πŸ‘

So just when I was going to be spending most of my time on my own and I might like to take myself out on a few little day trips, and maybe even just to somewhere as exciting as a charity shop to get rid of the bags from all the sorting out I’ve been doing, my car decides to break down πŸš—πŸ˜–

Just to say …

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if you have contacted me through my blog or have left me a comment and have been waiting for a response, I do reply through email.

Maybe check your email Junk Folder just to check that the reply hasn’t gone through to there.

Thank you for reading my blog πŸ™‚